Commissioners' Engineering Scholarship Program

About the Scholarship

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) offers the annual Commissioners' Engineering Scholarships to college students majoring in engineering fields that are vital to the work of WSSC.  Named in honor of former Commissioners Joyce Starks and Gene W. Counihan – the goal of the annual scholarship program is to provide assistance to students from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in furtherance of their engineering studies and to encourage such students to consider careers in the water and wastewater/sewer industry; and, preferably at WSSC.

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $1000 each may be awarded; one to a Prince George's County resident and one to a Montgomery County resident.  Winners are eligible for additional awards of $1000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as residency and grade point average (GPA) requirements are met. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internships at WSSC.


To qualify, students must:

  • provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district;
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college or university that leads to an engineering degree in one of the following areas:  Civil Engineering (i.e., Environmental, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Fire Protection, Transportation, Project Management, Construction Management); Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering. High school seniors who have been accepted into such a program are eligible; proof of acceptance/enrollment will be required; and,
  • complete an application and have it received by the WSSC Corporate Secretary by June 2, 2017.

2017 Application Process

Students are required to submit an essay, along with the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Official Transcript;
  3. Proof of Permanent Residency in WSSC Sanitary District (e.g., copy of driver’s license; voter registration card, government-issued ID that shows student resides permanently in Prince George’s or Montgomery County, Maryland); and,
  4. Two Reference Letters.

2017 Essay Topic: 

“As a result of increasingly aging infrastructure, WSSC has a goal each year to replace 61 miles of variously-sized water mains located throughout the WSSC sanitary district. Recognizing this places a tremendous burden on the communities WSSC serves, describe, in 1500 words or less, the program you would establish to accomplish this goal, along with associated impact/outcomes.”

Submission Deadline:  Friday, June 2, 2017.

Click here to apply online or submit your application package by mail to:  Sheila Finlayson, Esq., Corporate Secretary, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.  Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 2, 2017.

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